Taking a major step towards improving the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in the state, the Higher Education Department has decided to lift the five-year ban on opening new private degree or professional colleges in Odisha.
New Delhi, December 9: Taking a major step towards improving the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in the state, the Higher Education Department has decided to lift the five-year ban on opening new private degree or professional colleges in Odisha. A good National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) score or National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) rank will also no longer be mandatory for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to apply for increasing seats or opening new courses.
First Phase Recruitment by OSSSC Soon The High Power Committee (HPC) of the department in its recent meeting unanimously decided to allow opening of new colleges keeping in view the educational needs of the local students. In 2019, the department had decided not to allow setting up of new private degree or professional colleges for five years from the 2020-21 academic session to check mushrooming of private institutes that lack infrastructure and faculties Is.
It was also decided to allow increase of seats and opening of new subjects, streams and courses (including postgraduate courses) irrespective of NAAC CGPA score under the OE Act, 1969. NIRF Ranking and Recognition by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) for the academic session 2022-23 and until further orders. The decisions were taken in view of the findings of the previous All India Survey of Higher Education, which stated that Odisha has 24 colleges per lakh population as against the all India average of 30 colleges. Moreover, the GER in Odisha is 21.7 against the all India average of 27.1. “Under these circumstances, it is important to open more colleges and increase seats in existing colleges to bring more and more students under the ambit of higher education,” Sethi said.
It was also decided that the HPC will propose to the State Government to refund 100 per cent of the pledge amount to the educational agencies who wish to close their colleges due to low enrolment. At present, to open degree college and professional college, a mortgage amount of Rs 15 lakh and Rs 10 lakh has to be deposited respectively. However, if one has to close the institution, it has to forfeit 50 per cent of the pledged amount. “There are many colleges which are not doing well and their managements want to close them. However, they do not do so due to the fear of forfeiture of 50 per cent of the pledged amount. In such cases, by not closing the colleges Quality education declines,” said an official.
Five-year ban lifted in Odisha, permission to open new private colleges
Story first published: Friday, December 9, 2022, 18:09 [IST]